Posted: 18/05/2020

Cotswold Fayre and partners to launch new Bath food hall in 2021

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An artist’s impression of the new retail site at Glenavon Farm near Bath

Distributor Cotswold Fayre is part of a business venture building a new food hall and café near Bath, scheduled to open its doors next year.

Construction work has recently begun to convert old buildings and cow sheds at Glenavon Farm, in Saltford, in time for opening in spring 2021.

Paul Hargreaves, chief executive at Cotswold Fayre, said that the shop “wholeheartedly complements” the company’s core wholesaling business.

“The landowner and Bath District Farmers, had been planning to open a retail and kitchen outlet for some time,” he said. “I was delighted when approached to become part of the team to turn the idea into a reality.”

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Cotswold Fayre intends to trial new plastic-reducing fixtures and displays in the store and will also use it to conduct customer taste tests for potential new product listings in its catalogue.

The whole operation will be run by experienced retailer Paul Castle, formerly business manager of Somerset farm shop Farringtons. Castle, who is also a partner in the project, will assume the role of managing director.

“I am thrilled to see work start on the exciting new venture,” said Castle. “We plan to stock plenty of products supplied by local farmers and producers and create in the region of 40 local jobs, which is very exciting.”

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